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Successful evening for City stars in World Cup qualifying

Ten City players were in action for their respective nations on a busy day of international football.

Lauren Hemp was on target as England cruised to a 10-0 victory over Luxembourg in their final qualifying match.

Ellie Roebuck, Alex Greenwood and Keira Walsh - making her 50th cap - both started for the Lionesses, who secured their spot at the 2023 World Cup with a hard fought win over Austria on Saturday.

Hemp and Demi Stokes were introduced on the hour, and the former made her mark on an emphatic victory when she added England's ninth of the night.

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It was equally good news for Filippa Angeldahl's Sweden, who rounded off their qualification campaign with a 5-0 win away to Finland.

The midfielder started the game for the Swedes, who were already guaranteed top spot in Group A, before being substituted with 15 to play for Everton's Hanna Bennison.

Julie Blakstad's Norway beat Albania by the same scoreline in Oslo, with the midfielder making a late substitute appearance having already helped her nation qualify for the World Cup.

Elsewhere, Leila Ouahabi was introduced off the bench in Spain's 5-0 triumph over Ukraine, while Laia Aleixandri remained an unused substitute as La Roja made it eight wins from eight in Group B.

It was a positive night for Kerstin Casparij too, as she played the full 90 minutes for the Netherlands at left-back in a slender 1-0 triumph over Iceland.

Earlier on in the day, Mary Fowler found the net for Australia but couldn’t prevent the Matildas from falling to defeat against Canada in an international friendly.

The City youngster opened the scoring inside three minutes at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium after being set up by Chelsea forward Sam Kerr.

However, a second half double from Adriana Leon ensured they came out on top 2-1, meaning the Canadians have won each fixture as part of their two-match series in Australia.

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